HAPPY LABOR DAY
Happy Labor Day 2009
Loudoun County government offices will be closed Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
A big thank you to the Loudoun County Schools who will not use class time to hear President Barack Obama this Tuesday. They will stick to their regular academic program.
I was at Sterling Elementary School this past week and this Thursday I will be at Sully Elementary School for their back to school night to greet parents. This is a time to encourage teachers, administrators, PARENTS and their children.
>>> TYPICAL DELGAUDIO ACTIONS TO UPHOLD COMMUNITY STANDARD
Overall, crime is down in Sterling but it takes you and me working to keep it that way. Many of you have done your job by joining a neighborhood watch making Sterling the best organized in the county. And you turn out for every training and community meeting. Thank you. And I will continue to do my best too.
I do report law breaking. I observe, confront, or report suspicious activity regularly. And then theres the following.
Several abandoned cars have been picked up by the county. 27 cars have been ticketed by Project Fairness reported by me. Last week: I reported 3 addresses with commerical vehicles, 2 houses that a possibly overcrowded, 6 houses that have inoperable vehicles on their property. (this is different from abandoned cars).
Throughout the year, I report over 200 incidents similar to this and other quality of life issues.
I continue vigilance on the so-called "crash pads" which house 30 people in one house. Crash pad advocates are seeking Loudoun to abolish their zoning ordinance.
????$1.45 TAX RATE AND $154M GAP
>>> BUT FINANCE COMMITTEE ADJOURNS
Regarding published accounts of the board of supervisors considering a $1.45 tax rate to close a $156,000,000 funding gap for current planned spending in next years budget. As reported in several newspapers, I spoke in favor of cuts in spending and increases in fees like the tax forgiveness for new hybrid cars and a lack of late fees at the libraries. which I proposed earlier this year and got 2 votes for.
I went to Leesburg Wednesday morning for the Finance Committee "Action" item with the words " Direction to Staff " on the agenda. There is no secret that we are in bad economic times and the state has announced its own $1.3 billion shortfall in revenue.
The chairman, Jim Burton, announced he would not "allow" any action or direction which was contrary to the posted agenda. He said he would wait 30 days, next month for direction to the staff so that the board members can "get ready". I appealed to the board and members of the Finance committee that we could not wait and that as I predicted earlier this year they would have to make cuts and increase revenues across the board.
"If you had done the $80 million in reductions and abolition of tax exemptions (hybrid cars, lear jets, Howard Hughes) as I proposed earlier during the current budget, we would be in a better position now. To wait further is going to put us further in the hole", I said.
Mr. Burton and I had a back and forth at the dais and I grant him the respect he deserves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. No supervisor was in agreement with me, but I had to find that out on the record. I make no apology for being pushy.
One supervisor apparently really resented me bringing up budget cuts and abolishing tax exemptions (hybrid cars, lear jets, Howard Hughes), Stevens Miller, responded by motioning to adjourn the committee discussion I had initiated.
The chair decided to adjourn the committee. So for those of you interested in what the board plans on doing to address the topic of a staff report showing a $1.45 tax rate to fund a $156 million shortfall you have your answer. Nothing for 30 days.
>>> SOME STERLING HOUSES TO BE RE-HABILITATED
I get many requests to do something about some of the foreclosed houses. This is what the county is doing now.
The county is using existing programs to address the housing crisis which is very specific. The housing crisis was caused by banks and federal policies. So banks and federal policies are okay to correct the problem. And Sterling has the most foreclosed houses-- thanks to a pro-illegal alien policy at the federal and Board of Supervisors level.
Earlier this year I worked to use federal funds to rehabilitate the area roughly south of the Sterling Safeway along Sterling Blvd. and Maple Avenue (east of Sterling Blvd. in the apartment area).
I estimate half of the 3.6 million dollars is in Sterling.
Loudoun County has designated three neighborhoods for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Loudoun County will be purchasing foreclosed properties in these neighborhoods to rehabilitate the property and sell to low, moderate or middle income homebuyers.
Two of the 3 designated neighborhoods are in Sterling Park which has the highest concentration of foreclosed houses.
To see a detailed map of the area, click on this link.
Loudoun County received a $2 million award on March 27, 2009 and matched those funds with $1.6 million to offer a comprehensive approach to stabilize neighborhoods.
To get all the details and who can qualify click on this
>>>Loudoun County Government
The Loudoun County government has an automated online job
application system. The jobs are civil service oriented and my
recommendation will not help you. However if you want me to
describe the jobs or recommend where to start, please ask me.
>>> LOUDOUN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Job Fair TBA
The chamber has posted "Held in the Fall of 2009, the Job Fair (is) inside the Dulles Airport Marriott" but no date is posted. I have asked for a date and will tell you as soon as they respond.
>>>WASHINGTON EXAMINER NEWSPAPER JOB FAIR
The Kettler Capitals Iceplex is hosting one of the
Washington area's newest career fairs. The Capital Area Career
Fair, presented by The Washington Examiner (newspaper) and Westwood
College, will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2009 from 10:00 am to
4:00 pm. The sponsors state "All attendees must register in order
to ensure ample space"
>>> NOVA HAS NEW ENTRANCE AND EXIT
Northern Virginia Community College has opened their new Potomac View Road entrance, FINALLY, by Kohls and Route 7 area and that helps free up some traffic coming onto route 7 for you and me. They still do control that traffic light during rush hour and when classes let out, we all must wait until their first departures leave at night (students know the schedule better than I do of course).
STERLING SPECIAL EVENT
Sterling Remembers 9/11 and gives back to Sterling Fire and
500 people will attend the upcoming "Sterling 9-11 We Remember" event on Friday evening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 11, 2009 in the Sugarland Crossing Shopping Center and its next door neighbor, the Clocktower on Seven Shopping Center (950 Community Plaza Sterling, Va. 20164).
What: Event Honoring First Responders on 9-11 and Everyday
Who: Chick-Fil-A, Store Owners, Shopping Center Managers, Bands, VIPs, Citizens
Where: Parking Lot of Chick-Fil-A in front of Burlington Coat
Route 7, just 1/4 mile inside the Loudoun-Fairfax county line.
Sugarland Crossing Shopping Center Sterling, Va.
When: Friday September 11 2009, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why: To recognize and present donations to volunteer fire and rescue units
HOW: PUBLIC IS INVITED, NO ADMISSION FEE
>>>>PARK VIEW HS BAND TAG SALE SEPT. 12
>>> DIG DEEP, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE PLAY FOR STERLING!
Park View HS Band's annual 'Tag Day' in Sterling is Saturday, September 12. Park View High School band members will be visiting homes in our Sterling neighborhood to collect donations for our band programs.